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GROWNUP PARISIAN POLISH AND CLASSIC PREPPY

Illustration by Jill Anthony
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Darlings, if I were to compose a love letter to fall, my favorite season, I would write passionately about its beautiful colors, crisp air and the aromas of cinnamon and spice. Oh but how I would go on and on about its fashion! Cozy sweaters, wool jackets in plaids and houndstooth, knee-high leather boots and all the rest of the fabulous fall fashion I simply adore. 

Add all this and a pumpkin spice coffee and I’m in heaven.

It may surprise you that my entire ensemble this month is straight off the runway. When I first saw the Celine Fall 2019 collection, it took me right back to the late Seventies. I remember wearing silhouettes just like this. What I wouldn’t give to still have some of those pieces. The collection was a little mix of Parisian polish and classic prep. The result was a number of looks that exuded ease, elegance and was unmistakably fall.

The whole understated vibe of the collection is easy to recreate. There were lots of skirts and dresses that were just over the knee, and they were paired with glossy knee-high boots. Culottes, like the ones I’m wearing, even made an appearance on the runway, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was recently photographed wearing a pair. Also in the collection were lots of blazers in gorgeous wools, bomber jackets and a timeless camel coat. Adding polish to these looks were gold rimmed aviators, silk scarves, beautiful leather belts and lots of good jewelry.

Although I had pieces just like these some thirty years ago, it’s lovely to return to looks that feel familiar, yet somehow fresh and on-trend. I think I’ll give the jeans tucked into the tall boots out for a spin this fall and add a blouse with a high feminine collar. I’m also going to wear my tall boots with an over-the-knee length dress and blazer.

It’s all very Julie Christie from the film, Don’t Look Now.

So my fashionable friends, just like us, our preppy looks have grown up a bit. Now I’m off to mail my love letter to fall!

Cheers Loves!

XOXO, Hildie

 


4 Comments

  • Reply LA CONTESSA October 25, 2019 at 10:35 am

    OH HILDIE……….YOU ARE A STYLE ICON!
    MY AGELESS STYLE POST IS UP!!YOU would LOOK SMASHING IN A CAFTAN!HAS THAT BEEN DONE?
    THAT will take you back to the 1970’s!!!!!!
    I hope to see you over there……….THEVINTAGECONTESSA.NET
    XX.

  • Reply Donna October 25, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Absolutely love the looks, Hildie! Comfortable, and casually chic… just what we want at this time of year! Both retro and right on-time.
    I just wish “they” would show these styles on mature women, rather than sulky 16-year-olds. There are soooo many beautiful, fashionable, fit older women. Fashion industry – it’s time to wake up!
    XO

  • Reply Marie-Thérèse October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    The look is pure Paris street chic. My friends and family in Paris are all loving this look. Fall is definitely my favorite season, too, w/my red hair and warm skin tones. I prefer wearing pumpkin to eating it. The wide-leg, cropped trousers are adorable, but not when you are only 5’1″ tall, even if you weigh less than 100 lbs., but the rest of those pieces are my classic, go-to fall/winter pieces., as in can’t-go-wrong w/them. I am “absolument ravie” to see the return of the classic, lady-like look — never too young, never too old to own it.

    Cheers, M-T

  • Reply Hilda Smith October 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I am a fan of all the above….Always on point Hildie x

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